Fla. LB down to LSU and UNC

Tampa-Wharton (Fla.) linebacker Larry Edward (6-3, 215, 4.55) came up one game short in his quest for a state championship and now he is focusing on where he is going to play his collegiate football.

"It's the same ones," Edwards said, "LSU and North Carolina."

He already made his official visit to LSU (10/18) and he will trek up the East coast to check out the North Carolina campus Jan. 10. Each school has different strengths when it comes to what they offer and that has Edwards caught in a tough spot.

"North Carolina's strength is its academics and LSU's is history," he said. "I think LSU has a better history overall and a better atmosphere. North Carolina focuses on academics and stresses that they have one of the top academic schools in the area."

Edwards said the two schools are neck and neck and he does not have a leader out of the two. However, when asked what was more important to him out of North Carolina's academics and playing at a football-rich tradition place like LSU, he replied, "I want to play in a big-time atmosphere like LSU has. You can just say that."

Sonny's View: A decision should come shortly after Edwards' visit to Chapel Hill. The Tarheel coaches have targeted him as one of their top linebacker prospects and are really making a strong push for his services. Will it be strong enough?


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